THE JOY OF DRIFTING

Nathan Durfee, October 2015


October 2 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Nathan Durfee

About the Exhibit

Durfee’s whimsical, bordering on surreal painting style, combines combinations of pattern and cross-hatching. This most recent body chronicles the artist’s journey, allegorically presented through the artist’s...

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Nathan Durfee says, "Can we drift with purpose? The show is themed around a tiny panda and his boat. Without rudders, sails, or oars, his adventures are dictated by the will of the current. Due to his small size and lack of tools he is forced to become an observer, joining us in discovering his world."


Durfee says about the painting Panda Gave his Hat to the Sea, "This piece focuses on how we handle adversity. The panda is riding hanging on dearly to his boat while he crashes into a wave. A seagull flies effortlessly above, designed to handle the rough weather."


The Collector says,”In an approachable, painted world, Nathan allows us to feel comfortable enough to confront and explore complex human experiences that we may not normally.” - Niko Morales, Charleston SC


The Joy of Drifting
Contemporary Narratives by Nathan Durfee
On View: October 2-30
Opening Reception: October 2, 5:00-8:00 PM

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, The Joy of Drifting, features the work of the contemporary painter Nathan Durfee. The Joy of Drifting is a collection of narrative paintings investigating the journey of a panda. Nathan will be at the October 2 event from 5-8pm, which is open to the public. The work will hang until October 30 and can be seen daily from 11-5pm.  

Durfee’s whimsical, bordering on surreal painting style, combines combinations of pattern and cross-hatching. This most recent body chronicles the artist’s journey, allegorically presented through the artist’s characters.

Durfee says, "Can we drift with purpose? The show is themed around a tiny panda and his boat. Without rudders, sails, or oars, his adventures are dictated by the will of the current. Due to his small size and lack of tools he is forced to become an observer, joining us in discovering his world." 

Durfee’s emblematic works speak not only of the artist’s own existential journey but also a universal human experience. Often painted in series, the characters experience everything from heartbreak to frustration as reactions to internal and external stimuli.

Durfee says about the painting Panda Gave his Hat to the Sea, "This piece focuses on how we handle adversity. The panda is riding, hanging on dearly to his boat while he crashes into a wave. A seagull flies effortlessly above, designed to handle the rough weather."

Durfee’s painting style is a contemporary update of folk meets pop-surrealism and continually exceeds the expectations of collectors.  This series in particular demonstrates Durfee’s ability to meticulously render small details and textures and in the same painting, the liberty to softly paint fluffy clouds.

“I can now choose what stylization to use in order to accentuate a moment within the piece,” says Durfee, “choosing the level of detail that best lends itself to the focus of the storyline.”

Durfee is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited with different galleries across the United States and is feverishly collected in Germany as well as Japan.

Please visit www.robertlangestudios.com or call for more information 843.805.8052. Digital images of art works are available upon request.

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

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